Sunday, 02 June 2019
Guido Migliozzi  (Getty Images)
Guido Migliozzi (Getty Images)

Guido Migliozzi claimed his second European Tour win of the season with a four shot victory over Darius van Driel in the final of the Belgian Knockout.

The Italian only came through the Qualifying School in November and now has two victories in just 20 events after his triumph at the Magical Kenya Open presented by Absa in March.

He laid down a marker on day four at Rinkven International Golf Club with a win over Bernd Wiesberger in his quarter-final and then defeated Scotsman Ewen Ferguson in the last four.

Van Driel beat Matthew Southgate and Grégory Havret en route to the final on Sunday - his 30th birthday - but the Dutchman could not match Migliozzi's three under par total.

Ferguson beat Havret by four shots in the play-off to claim third place ahead of the Frenchman.

In the second staging of this event with its innovative format, Migliozzi finished in a tie for fifth in Section A after 36 holes of stroke play and then beat Pedro Oriol, defending champion Adrian Otaegui and David Law in his first three knockout matches over nine holes of medal match play.

The victory moves Migliozzi to 21st on the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex, into the top 100 on the Official World Golf Ranking, and makes him the second 2018 Q School graduate to win twice on the 2019 Race to Dubai after Kurt Kitayama.

"I'm feeling very good," he said. "I managed very well this afternoon, all the shots.

"It's been great playing like this with such great players. I'm playing solid and I will try to continue this quality in the future.

"He (Van Driel) played very solid, we played together on the Challenge Tour and it's been a great match. He's a good player."

Migliozzi put on an incredible show off the tee in the final and it began on the first as he hit a huge drive and put an approach to ten feet for an opening birdie.

He almost drove green at the par four second but three putted from just off the front for par, and another three putt on the par three next meant he and Van Driel were level.

Another huge drive at the fifth allowed him to get up and down for birdie and with Van Driel taking his turn to three putt, Migliozzi led by two.

The advantage was three when Van Driel missed the green off the tee at the par three sixth and while both men hit stunning approaches into the seventh and took advantage of the par five eighth for back to back birdies, Van Driel bogeyed the last to finish at one over.

Van Driel's potential return to the European Tour is a remarkable story that saw him end his initial plans to go professional when he broke his hand after falling off a banana boat when he was 18.

He returned to the game in 2015 and last season won the Euram Bank Open on the European Challenge Tour.

"It's a great week," said Van Driel, aiming to become the first player to win a European Tour event on his birthday since Ernie Els at the 2004 World Match Play. 

"Best birthday present it could possibly give me, except for the win of course. My whole family is here so we'll probably have some drinks and have dinner afterwards.

"I knew he was long (with the driver) but you've got to hit it straight and that's what he did on four out of the five holes. That put some pressure on me and forced me to make birdies. It didn't happen but I gave it my all. He played great."

In the third-fourth play-off, Ferguson was bogey free making birdies on the second, fourth and seventh, while Havret sandwiched gains on the fourth and sixth with a bogey on the first and a double on the seventh.

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1PAISLEY, ChrisENG18 -12
2KARLSSON, AntonSWE18 -11
T3WALTERS, JustinRSA18 -9
T3KOFSTAD, EspenNOR18 -9
T5VAN DRIEL, DariusNED18 -8

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